Census & payment deadlines

Higher Education (HE) students who do not pay by the relevant due date may be charged a late penalty of $150. Please make sure you understand the potential outcome of non-payment of your fees.

Tuition payment due dates

Higher Education (HE)

  • Semester 3: 18 November 2016 (Summer school 2016/2017)
  • Semester 1: 3 March 2017
  • Semester 4: 9 June 2017 (Winter school 2017)
  • Semester 2: 28 July 2017
  • Semester 3: 17 November 2017 (Summer school 2017/2018)

Vocational Education (VE/TAFE) payment due dates (Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Graduate Certificate students)

Fees are due 4 days from the date of your enrolment being processed. Tuition fees can be paid upfront or deferred up until the relevant census date. If you no longer wish to continue in your studies, you must withdraw by the relevant census date.

VET Certificates I-IV

You have 28 days from the start date of your first unit of study (each year) to withdraw or apply for a refund without any financial or academic penalties.

Note: VET (Vocational Education and Training) Certificate I-IV students (Fee-Year) payment due date is four days from the date your enrolment is finalised in our enrolment system. Your due date will be shown on your statement of account.

Census dates

Census date is the last day to finalise your enrolment for each semester, as well as to:

  • defer your Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) (for eligible HE students only)
  • lodge a SA-HELP form
  • submit a Request for Commonwealth assistance form (to access a Commonwealth Supported Place or HELP loan) & provide your Tax File Number (TFN) if you have not already done so
  • withdraw from units.

Note: If you don't wish to defer your fees, you need to pay your fees by the due date.

HE administrative census (for timely amendments)

Friday of week 3 of semester (1 and 2 only) is commonly known as administrative census date for timely amendments (last day to add units). Students who enrolled online will be able to add units until 11:59pm (23:59) on Friday.

After this time, the system will close for additions. A unit of study amendment form will need to be completed if you require an amendment to your enrolment, and must be approved by your Course & Unit Administrator (CUA; discover via VUHQ).

You may incur a penalty of $150 for failure to meet any published deadline (including but not limited to application for admission, unit enrolment and withdrawal). The general late fee may also be applied for failure to comply with legitimate requests.

You will still be able to withdraw from your units or course until census. Any withdrawal made after the census date will attract a fail result.

Higher Education (HE) census dates

  • Semester 3: 13 January 2017 (Summer school 2016/2017)
  • Semester 1: 31 March 2017
  • Semester 4: 15 June 2017 (Winter school)
  • Semester 2: 31 August 2017
  • Semester 3: 15 January 2018 (Summer school 2017/2018)

HE census dates (Sydney)

  • Trimester 1: 1 May 2017
  • Trimester 2: 31 August 2017
  • Trimester 3: 15 January 2018

Note: Census dates correct at time of publication. If a census date falls on a weekend or public holiday you must ensure that you have finalised your enrolment and fees no later than the last working day before the census date. A late payment fee may be applied to your account if you fail to pay on time by the payment due date. Your enrolment may also be impacted. Please check fees for more information.

Vocational Education (VE/TAFE) census dates (Diploma, Advanced Diploma & Graduate Certificate students)

2017 VE/TAFE census dates

  • Teaching period 1 VE: 31 March 2017
  • Teaching period 5: 30 June 2017
  • Teaching period 2VE: 31 August 2017
  • Teaching period 4 VE: 15 December 2017
  • Teaching period 6 VE: 16 December 2017

Please note: VE/TAFE census dates do not apply to Certificate I-IV students.

Post census enrolment amendment

If you withdraw from a unit after the census date, you will:

  • be liable to pay for any units you were enrolled in and receive a withdrawal
  • incur a HELP debt and lose any up-front payment you made (if you are using VET FEE-HELP or VET Student Loans your limit will be reduced).

You may apply for remission of debt if special circumstances apply.

Providing your Australian Tax File Number

Tax file numbers must be submitted to VU on a Commonwealth Assistance form. They cannot be sent via email or fax. HE students receive a Commonwealth Assistance form in their enrolment pack. Further information is available at Study Assist.

If you are receiving support from the government in the form of a Commonwealth Supported place or a Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) Loan, then you are considered 'Commonwealth Supported' and must submit a Commonwealth Assistance form prior to the first census date for your course.

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